When your child is still very young, you should be brushing their teeth regularly; this will help their teeth grow in healthy and strong. As soon as you notice your child’s first tooth eruptions, you should be cleaning their teeth regularly to keep dental diseases and plaque at bay. However, soon they’ll need to learn to take care of their teeth themselves. But how soon is too soon? Here are some tips on getting your child ready to brush their own teeth.
While it’s important for your children to eventually start brushing their teeth on their own, you’ll want to make sure they’re ready. As soon as they’re able to properly hold a tooth brush, you can start encouraging them to learn to brush their teeth. However, when they’re first learning, they’ll need a bit of help to make sure they’re brushing properly. Watch them as they practice brushing to see if they’re brushing their teeth for long enough and if they’re reaching all parts of their teeth.
Teaching a child to brush their teeth correctly can be a bit confusing; after all, when was the last time you thought about how you brush your teeth? When introducing your kids to brushing their own teeth, be specific about every little step. Warn them about using too much toothpaste; they should only be using about a pea-sized amount of toothpaste in their brush. Use a song they like to encourage them to brush for long enough, as well. They should be able to hum the song from start to finish while brushing, which will bring them close to the two minutes they should be spending brushing their teeth.
The easiest way to make sure your children’s brushing habits are working is to schedule regular dentist appointments for them. Children should begin regular dental visits at age one, around the time of their first tooth eruption, but if you haven’t been bringing them to a pediatric dentist already, now’s a great time to start. This will help them manage their oral hygiene as they transition over to brushing their teeth themselves.
For more advice on oral hygiene for children or to schedule an appointment for your kids, contact Pediatric Dental Care today.